It's Friday again, I told you it will come around quicker than expected. Any fun plans for the weekend? I will be spending my weekend in bed eating junk and watching series, fab life!
When you're in a rush, I'm sure you will agree with me that it can be quite a hassle, patting and blending powder eyeshadows. When I find myself in these situations, I reach for one of my cream eyeshadows. I find them easier to apply, and many of them are duo-chrome so they give off the illusion that you are wearing two colours of eyeshadow. Brilliant right?Right! So I'm sharing with you some of the cream eyeshadows I have in my collection and I hope you find one that catches your eye.
Rimmel London 8hr Colour Mousse in 012 Mocha and 004 Splash
These cream shadows have a mousse like consistency which makes them really easy to blend quickly with your finger. When applied on the lid it has a cooling, relaxing effect which I really like. It is very pigmented so a little goes a long way with this product. It doesn't dry too quickly so it gives you enough time to properly apply the product. It dries off into a semi-matte finish and lasts about 5hours without creasing as opposed to the 8hour claim. These cream eyeshadows apart from the lid, come with a plastic disc which keeps the product air tight, very handy.
Mocha 012 is a chocolate brown shade with copper tones to it. Depending on where the light hits it, it can give off gold hues. I really like to wear this eyeshadow at night because it is really sparkly and beautiful without being over the top. See here for a makeup look I created using this product.
Splash 004 is a gorgeous teal blue eyeshadow with gold duo-chrome. It's very party/wedding appropriate and when I wear it I pair it with nude lips because it looks like there's a party on my eyes :-)
It's a shame that these eyeshadows have been discontinued because they are great and I would recommend them. However, they are still readily available on amazon or ebay if you are interested. I got mine in a fantastic Groupon deal.
Urban Decay Cream Shadow in Surbubia
This is a peachy bronze colour with gold shimmer running through it. It is quite similar to Rimmel's Mocha but a little brighter. I really like this colour because it is quite sheer and is very day time appropriate if you are going for a minimalistic makeup look. It comes with a doe-foot applicator which reminds me of Urban Decay's Primer Potion. The applicator makes it easier to apply without making a mess. However I find that this eyeshadow is not very pigmented and takes a few swipes to achieve any opacity. It also dries really quickly so you would have to work fast with it. It can be a little difficult to blend with your fingers so I had to use a brush which kind of defeats the purpose of using a cream shadow you know. I will probably use it as a base for a gold eyeshadow the next time I use it. I'm not sure if Urban Decay has discontinued this product because it's not listed on their website but you might be lucky to run into this in your local beauty store. If you are in Nigeria I bought mine from Konga and they've run out of this shade but they've got a similar shade here. You can also get it from Amazon UK here. They cost N800/ £3.70 which I think is a good bargain.
Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Rose Gold
I'm not the biggest fan of Laura Mercier just because I find that many of their products are overpriced and not worth the money to me. However I decided to give this creme eye colour a try just because it had been hyped so much in the blogosphere. I decided to go with Rose Gold because it is quite unlike anything I already have. Although it is quite pricey at £16.50, this product totally blew my mind. It's a gorgeous metallic pink shade with peachy gold undertones. It's my favourite out of the bunch because its really soft and easy to apply/blend. It is also super pigmented so I apply a tiny dot on each eye and they come alive. It lasts about 8hours before showing any signs of creasing. This product also works as a highlighter and cream blush so at the end of the day you do get your money's worth out of it. I don't think its available in Nigeria but if you're in the UK/US you can get it from a Laura Mercier concession stand or on their official website.
Maybelline 24 HR Colour Tattoo in Endless Purple
I finally broke and got one of Maybelline's much talked about Colour Tattoos. These eyeshadows are creamy in nature and very similar to MAC's paint pots at less than half the price. They retail for less than £5 in Superdrug and Boots and are also available in the US. Endless purple is a medium-deep purple eyeshadow which looks great on it's own but I only ever wear it as a base for my purple shadows. It is really easy to apply and really do live up to their "tattoo" name. I don't know about 24hrs (lol) but these last all day under my eyeshadow with no creasing at all. I like it so much that I'm looking to purchase some other shades.
All the cream eyeshadows swatched on the back of my arm:
|In natural light|
|In direct sunlight|
In summary, I will definitely recommend (if you haven't already) that you include cream eyeshadows in your collection. They are very easy to apply and blend and mostly come in gorgeous colours. They are also multifunctional as you can wear them either on their own or as a base for your powder eyeshadows. Some of them can also be used as a highlighter/cream blush like I mentioned.
I will recommend the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo out of this bunch simply because they are budget friendly, highly pigmented and long lasting. If you are willing to splurge a little more then Laura Mercier it is!
Do you know of any other brands that do great cream eyeshadows? I would love it if you could recommend.
Peace and Love,